Events


  • Escape Room at Cromwell's House

    Every Saturday and Sunday at 11.30 am, 1 pm and 2.30 pm We can also accommodate weekdays and hours outside those stated.  Please contact us to discuss further.

     

    Gather friends, family or colleagues together and see how well you work together in this fun but challenging activity that will be a talking point for weeks to come. This is the perfect activity to celebrate a special occasion such as a birthday or anniversary or just an excuse for a memorable activity.

    A group of Royalist supporters have been captured by a detachment of Cromwell's troop and are being held temporarily under armed guard in the Tithe Room of Cromwell's former house. However, one of the guards is a Royalist sympathiser himself and has hidden a set of clues in the room along with a key. 

    The group's mission is to locate the clues, solve puzzles and ultimately find the golden key which will allow them to make good their escape. You have 60 minutes to complete the mission and escape otherwise the guards will return.

    Popular in various countries across the world, Escape Rooms have become the "must do" activity and is one of the latest trends to hit the UK. Oliver Cromwell’s House is very excited to be able to bring this bespoke Escape Room challenge to Ely.

    Sessions are priced at £80 and are ideally suited for between 4 and 8 people. To find out more then please click on the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

    The activity also lends itself to the corporate market, work parties or even young people's parties (aged 13 to 16).  To discuss your requirements, please call tic@eastcambs.gov.uk or call us on 01353 662062.

     

     

     

     

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  • Eerie Ely Guided Ghost Walks

    7th September until 26th April 2018 - Every Thursday at 7pm!

     

    Ely - by day, a tranquil pocket City in the heart of East Anglia. A beautiful riverside and a bustling centre. But by night, the City is a different place.

     

    Join The Night Watchman as he takes you on a tour of Ely by Twilight, exploring the hidden horrors, terrifying tales and things that go bump in the dark.

     

    Tours leave promptly at 7pm from Oliver Cromwell's House and tickets MUST be pre-booked.

     

    Dates don't fit? Looking for a unique Birthday or Anniversary Celebration? A corporate event with a difference or a family gathering like no other? Please feel free to contact us to organise a private group tour - Minimum 8 people and a Maximum of 25. 

     

  • Haunted Tales – A House After Dark

    The last Wednesday of every month at 7pm

     

    Oliver Cromwell’s House comes back to (after) life! When the sun has set and the lights are dimmed, follow our guide through this atmospheric house and hear the haunted tales that have been collected over many years from former inhabitants, visitors and staff.

     

    Suitable for Children over the age of 10 years.

     

    Dates don't fit? Looking for a unique Birthday or Anniversary Celebration? A corporate event with a difference or a family gathering like no other? Please feel free to contact us to organise a private group tour - Minimum 8 people and a Maximum of 25. 

  • Behind Closed Doors - What would the Cromwells say?

    Running every day throughout November and December

     

    Cromwell is renowned for many things and supposedly banning Christmas is one of them. However, we just couldn't see our House without any decorations this Christmas.  So we have just placed one Christmas decoration in each room.  Pick up our trail and find out more about Christmas traditions and what the Cromwell family may well have said about our adornments!

     

    It is a common myth that Cromwell personally banned Christmas, although it was more the case that all Puritans thought Christmas celebrations were wasteful, decadent and pagan.  Puritans believed that Christmas should be treated as any other working day and shops and markets had to stay open and anyone caught attending a special Christmas church service would suffer consequences.

     

    As you can imagine, the ban was hugely unpopular and many people continued to celebrate Christmas secretly, behind closed doors.  On your tour of the House thoughout November and December you will see a typical Christmas decoration in each room.  We have provided a little background information as to when these traditions came about and then added some personal thoughts from the Cromwell family!

     

    This fun trail is included as part of the normal admission fee.

  • Behind Closed Doors - Festive Food with Nora Gardner

    6th December 2017 at 10am

     

    Although Christmas was banned during the Commonwealth, many people still celebrated in secret.

     

    Join Nora Gardner, local guide and historian to learn about flavours and ingredients that inspired the 17th Century Christmas.

     

    Visit Mrs Cromwell’s original kitchen; watch old recipes come to life, listen to the stories behind them and of course taste the results.

    Tickets - £15 per person.

  • Behind Closed Doors - “Cromwell, Christmas and Confusion – an Audience with Professor Martyn Bennett

    14th December 2017 - 7pm

     

    Oliver Cromwell’s House presents “Cromwell, Christmas and Confusion – an Audience with Professor Martyn Bennett” – part of the “Behind Closed Doors” Christmas Events Programme.

    Oliver Cromwell’s House is possibly not the first place that springs to mind when you think about celebrating Christmas. It’s a well known “Fact” that Cromwell banned Christmas and all of the fun that went with it. Or did he? Was he the mean spirited man of modern myth? Did he really oppose the consumption of mince pies? Join us for an engaging, exciting and entertaining evening.

    Professor Bennett has written a series of internationally acclaimed works on the English civil wars and a hugely popular biography of Oliver Cromwell. We have been incredibly fortunate to secure this time with Professor Bennett in-between American and UK filming commitments. His latest publication, Cromwell at War will be available to purchase on the night.

    Tickets are priced at £10

  • Behind Closed Doors - "A Cruel and Creepy Christmas" with Prof A Bismal

    21st and 22nd December 2017 - 2.30pm

     

    The nights have drawn in, the frosty mornings are upon us and Oliver Cromwell’s House have decided to bring Professor Arthur Bismal in from the cold!

    Christmas is his favourite time of year and he has spent many moons pondering it’s origins, from where we get Chocolate Christmas logs from, via Christmas Dinner during the times of George IV (Georgie Porgy of Nursery Rhyme fame!) with a quick stop in the Trenches of the First World War before hearing about what’ll happen to naughty children (No, it’s not a lump of coal!) and finishing in traditional style with a Spooky Story just like your Great Great Great Granny would have heard on Christmas Eve when Queen Victoria was still reigning.

    As always, The Professor’s tours are suitable for Children aged 4 to 104 but young people must be accompanied by an Adult. 

    Tickets - Adult - £7 and Under 16 £5

  • Ely Christmas Holiday Walks

    Various Dates over the Festive Period

     

    Take an Ely amble and burn off that Christmas dinner on one of our Historic City of Ely Walks.

    Dates available include:

    Boxing Day Tuesday 26 December

    Wednesday 27 December

    Saturday 30 December

    Sunday 31 December

    New Years Day Monday 1 January

    All walks commence from Oliver Cromwell’s House at 11.30 am.  

     
    All tickets £5.00 

  • Lord Protector's Historical Fayre

    28th January 2018 - 11 am to 4 pm

     

    Join us on an historical shopping spree as Oliver Cromwell’s House proudly announces the return of it's hugely popular “The Lord Protector’s Historical Fayre”.  A range of historical traders selling their wares within the beautiful setting of our 17th century house.  A wide and wonderful range of items will be on show from historical reproductions to the historically influenced.

    Your chance to buy a variety of unusual and historical gifts including food, pottery, jewellery and clothing.  Demonstrations, talks and presentations make up this entertaining day.

    Admission - £3

    Keep checking back for further updates including our exciting traders list featuring old favourites and new wonders!